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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

One for All Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 12:11 PM
The French word (and all other variations) stem from the Latin "niger" meaning black. The name of the river possibly comes from the Tuareg name egerew n-igerewen, used for the name of the river around the Timbuktu area, where the Trans-Saharan trade routes ended. In fact the river had many names from different tribes of the area and was not mapped until the 18th century when the entire river was named as "The Niger River".

What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election? This is a question many parents are asking themselves -- especially those who would blame the loss on racism.

Jubilant black parents on the front pages of newspapers, the day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, said things like, "for the first time" they could "sincerely" say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States.

The New York Times wrote: "That a new day had dawned was immediately...

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